This Year's Model (studio album) by Elvis Costello

This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 295th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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81/100 (from 824 votes)
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Award Top 5 albums of 1978 (4th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1970s (77th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (295th)
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From 03/24/2022 22:44
My favourite Costello album.
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From 03/05/2022 23:24
The musicianship, especially the drumming, is superb. The songwriting is crisp, although not mind-blowingly great. Pump It Up is an all-timer of a fun jam.

The problem, at least for me, is that there’s something off putting and obnoxious about Costello’s voice and/or persona. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I just don’t like the guy.
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From 09/08/2021 17:08
superb start to finish
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From 11/20/2020 23:40
This is a good collection of energetic songs.
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From 06/25/2020 22:28
Power pop seems to have been in full swing in 1978. I personally prefer The Cars' debut, but this is a good record too. Pump It Up is a great rock song.
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From 06/07/2020 06:41
His best ever IMHO, which is no small proclamation. So many great albums. That this isn't among his 3 on "1001 albums you must hear before you die" is ridiculous.
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From 05/30/2020 09:48
Fav. Track: Pump It Up.
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From 04/19/2020 17:12
Highlights:

Pump It Up
(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea
Lipstick Vogue
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From 03/09/2020 10:43
Fun rock 'n' roll with an inevitable punk tinge. Pretty forgettable. Really don't know why people are calling this a masterpiece, no clue. I hope it has something to do with his lyrics, 'cause the music can't be it. I would not go as far to say he should've stayed playing in pubs, but he gives me a certain please-the-crowd impression that you see in your local pub rock star. In a time when disco was booming and the critics overpopulated by them who hate it, of course they're gonna throw every pub rocker in the spotlight that can write slightly above average tunes and (supposedly) is a very intelligent writer. And then Pitchfork probably just didn't dare to go against the consensus that was established with its release (and god knows the average music forum visitor doesn't have the spine). So I think the initial reaction which was exeggarated because of the fear to lose rock to disco has now put us in an endless peer pressure loop that forces everyone to love it.
I'll be honest if you are: the album is not exactly '50s/'60s rock 'n' roll; I wouldn't go so far to say you could just as well put on some Presley or Berry, but there is no huge departure, and the bit in his style that is slightly different is half punk mimicry and half the melodic side to it that makes critics shout power pop. Sure, coin a new term for a genre for an incredibly tiny, stylistic change, it wouldn't be the last time this happens. So now the question: Has this style he has inspired a lot of artists that came after? Can you even name one artist whose music has a clear Elvis Costello influence? Sure, some artists say they liked it a lot, but that's not cultural relevance. I think even if you would find one artist, you wouldn't even notice since it is nearly indistinguishable from old school rock 'n' roll.
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From 11/27/2019 12:26
Without a doubt this is a step up from the debut. There may not be anything here quite as good as Alison, but overall, the standard here is very high. A lot of credit should go to the Attractions but Elvis is the main attraction of course!
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. The Cars by The Cars
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
9. Hemispheres by Rush
10. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
11. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
12. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. 3rd by Big Star
15. All Mod Cons by The Jam
16. Chairs Missing by Wire
17. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
18. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Powerage by AC/DC
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